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Developed as he travelled around the world speaking to congregations and at conferences, this book is the fruit of a lifetime's engagement with the Psalms. As a broadcaster and writer, John is loved for being entirely genuine and, in the words of Archbishop Justin Welby, `his cogent and penetrating contributions reach an audience well beyond the churches'. Here John explores the psalms as they impinge on daily life, drawing on stories and personal testimonies in order to help readers grieve, or rejoice, or draw encouragement from this most extraordinary and fascinating collection of sacred poems and songs.
We live in soul-scorching times. The 24-7 onslaught of contemporary life--with its never-ending feed of global tragedies, demands for our attention, and pressures of work, family, and friends--has left us feeling ragged, wrung-out, and emptied. But if we have no margin in our lives, how do we find room to change anything? In this life-changing video Bible study, John Eldredge distills a lifetime of wisdom into five practical and ready-to-implement practices for putting your life back together. These practices include: (1) the one-minute pause, (2) benevolent detachment, (3) practicing kindness, (4) getting outside, and (5) stepping back from technology. These practices, ready for the taking, will enable you to begin recovery, focus on what matters most, disengage from the tragedies of this broken world, and discover the restorative power of beauty. You don't need abandon to your life to get it back. You can restore it here and now. And you will never be the same. This pack contains one study guide and one DVD.
Jesus calls us not to cheer for him but to chase after him. Based on his bestseller Not a Fan, author and pastor Kyle Idleman reveals that Jesus calls us not to cheer for him but to chase after him. It is becoming a completely committed follower of Jesus. With a frankness that many readers are not likely to hear in church or Sunday school class, Kyle offers an invitation to take an honest look at one's relationship with Jesus. His call to follow may seem radical. It is more about repentance than forgiveness, more about surrender than salvation, more about brokenness than happiness, and more about death than about life. It's not a comfortable and reassuring path. It's certainly not about just being a fan of Jesus, sitting on the sidelines cheering for his cause. It's about being a true follower where a person lives into their new identity in Christ.
Years ago novelist Charles Martin opened his Bible and began to wrestle with a few fundamental questions. He asked, What if every single word of Scripture is absolutely true and I can trust it? How do I respond? Something in me should change, but what? How? This book is the result of that exploration. With the depth, sensitivity, and emotion that has made his novels beloved to millions, Charles ignites our imaginations as to what the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ mean to us today. Charles asks, What if dead and crucified Jesus came back to life by the power of the Holy Spirit and is alive today? Right now. What if that same Jesus, the One who walked out of the tomb shining like the sun, holding the keys of death and hades, is alive in me? I write fiction for a living, and that's either the craziest thing I've ever heard or it's the most important word ever spoken. You and I have a King who did the unthinkable. The answers that his writer's imagination illuminates for us will change the way we think about the gospel and the way we live because of it.
After the deaths of her brother, father and mother, the poet and writer Carla Grosch Miller felt that her world and faith had fallen apart. Numbed by grief and lacking any answers, she swapped going to church for going for long walks where, despite feeling like she was walking away from a way of life, she discovered that the Holy had no intention of leaving me. Grace kept leaching over the lintel of my closed heart door.' Lifelines is the fruit of what followed. These searingly honest yet hopeful poems reflect on the mystery at the heart of Christian faith: a seed falls into the earth and dies in order for new life to rise up. But as these poems reflect, the journey through death to resurrection can be arduous and cannot be hurried. This collection is in two parts. Wrestling the Word roots the reality of this journey of transformation in the sacred stories that have shaped Christian life for centuries and that we hear in the Lectionary. Gathering Up Grace attempts to name and claim the presence of the ineffable even amidst the ruins, and ultimately to celebrate the triumph of resilient love.
Cardinal Hume left several moving reflections on the Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross. Within them, he once said, there is `a message of hope, an Easter gift which gives meaning to Good Friday's agony'. These previously unpublished meditations are gathered here so that we can share that message of hope in a new future. `Let those words speak to you', Cardinal Hume wrote, `and I will tell you what they have said to me.'
Warm, honest, and highly personal, Sharing the Darkness meditates on the mystery of our wounded humanity, trying to wrest meaning and a spirituality of caring out of the reality of suffering. With unforgettable portraits of courage, love, and grace in its human form, Sheila Cassidy interweaves her own story and those of her patients with moving reflection on the gospels. What she ultimately shows is that the way to God is not different from the way to our own humanity.
W. H. Vanstone's book, a modern classic of the Anglican spiritual tradition, looks at our attitudes to illness, to being out of work, to not `doing' anything. He draws on the story of the passion in John's Gospel to transform our understanding of these experiences, by presenting Jesus as a figure who, in his waiting, discloses the deepest dimension of the glory of God.
Learn how God has set you up for a favored life with this companion study guide to The Power of Favor by #1 New York Times bestselling author and Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen. In his book The Power of Favor, Joel Osteen shared that favor is something that God has put on you that will help you accomplish what you couldn't accomplish on your own. The psalmist said, God's favor surrounds us like a shield. That means that everywhere you go, you have an advantage, a divine empowerment, and a key to open up the right doors. Now, through this companion study guide, Joel wants to encourage you that you are weighed down with God's goodness. With encouraging scripture, practical exercises, and empowering insight, you will learn how reach new levels of fulfillment, new levels of increase, new levels of promotion, and new levels of victory. You have been called out, set apart, chosen to live a distinctively favored life.
God's will. God's way. God's timing. Do you have a deep longing in your heart to do something great for God, but you don't know how? In Walking in Your Prophetic Destiny, internationally recognized author and speaker Jennifer LeClaire helps you discover the seed of your destiny and how to grow it into something larger than yourself. She offers specific ways to discover your spiritual gifts, discern God's timing, defeat the Enemy, and fulfill your calling. Life offers more when you travel on the road of your prophetic destiny. Your divine purpose maneuvers you to fulfillment-past challenges, pain, and failures. Jennifer presents an opportunity to blend the practical with the spiritual that will satisfy a deep hunger for significance that comes in walking with God. You can discover and live God's unique call on your life.